Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke. About 600,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks. Nearly three-quarters of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65. The risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after the age of 55.
People of all ages are vulnerable, despite seemingly good health. In fact, the risk of stroke is increasing faster in individuals ages 30-45 than in any other age group. Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.
Because people that have a stroke are at a higher risk of having another one, it’s important to know the signs and be able to recognize a stroke. Emergency treatment may be able to reverse a stroke. Do NOT delay treatment. In many cases there is a 3 hour window from the time of the last normal to administer a medicine that can reverse the symptoms.
What are the symptoms of a stroke?
Common Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg—especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
Call 911 if you experience any of these symptoms. Some people may have only one symptom; others may have several. Don’t ignore the warning signs, even if they go away. Note the time the symptoms began. This will be critical in determining treatment.